George Sampson performs his victory dance.
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At 13, George auditioned for the hit TV show Britain's Got Talent, but the judges turned him away. Not willing to be deterred, George returned to the show a year later. "[During] the last 12 months, I've trained harder and I've just gotten bigger and better," he told the judges.

In 2008, George earned millions of viewers' votes and won the talent search, bringing home the $150,000 grand prize. "I haven't touched a penny of it," he says. "I said to my mom I'd pay her mortgage off on the house, but she won't let me."

George's performing his victory dance—complete with an onstage rain shower—to a "Singin' in the Rain" remix.

FROM: Finale: Oprah's Search for the World's Most Talented Kids
Published on May 18, 2009

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